Transdisciplinary ECMM Antifungal Stewardship Workshop; 27-29 January 2016


Antifungal stewardship is an opportunity to improve patient care and, in fact, outcome. Complex situations are more and more frequent, from mixed infections to pan-azole resistant aspergillosis to echinocandin-resistant candidiasis. Because of the pressing importance of the topic, the ECMM has decided to run a special course outside its traditional bi-annual course schedule.

Since multiple clinical and lab-based disciplines are involved in the complex decision making process, the course should be most valuable to broad range of specialties including but not limited to infectious diseases specialists, internists, paediatricians, surgeons, haematologists, intensivists, microbiologists, and pathologists.

The 2,5 day program comprises 19 sessions covering different angles on antifungal stewardship, from what we know about it to how to implement a program in your environment. We intend a lecturer to attendee ratio of 1:2, and thus limit the course size to a maximum of 50 participants.

We hope to see you at the historic and elegant Hotel Haus Duden in Wesel from 27-29 January 2016, to discuss with you, and to learn from your experience, too.

With best regards

Professor Oliver A. Cornely MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAAM
President of the ECMM
for the team of lecturers

for the full program and direct registration:

The workshop was granted 11 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

Program topics:

Plenary session 1: The changing epidemiology of invasive fungal infections

The spread of rare and emerging fungal infections

Emergence and spread of azole resistance

The role of antifungal stewardship in practice and science

Fungiscope & Fungiquest – Tools for evidence generation and pratical guidance in the therapy of rare & emerging fungal infections

Plenary session 2: Antifungal therapy

Empiric and targeted therapy in common scenarios

The economic and medical costs of antifungal malprescription

Tools and approaches to measure consumption of antifungals and identify faulty prescription patterns

Antifungal therapy in the surgical ICU

Plenary session 3: Antifungal stewardship design considerations

Hallmarks of successful antifungal stewardship programmes

When and how will antifungal stewardship pay off

Workshop session 1: Mycological diagnostics (crossover groups)

Implementing state of the art diagnostics in the mycological laboratory

Designing and implementing a diagnostic pathway with trans-disciplinary involvement and support

Workshop session 2: Assessment of antifungal consumption (crossover groups)

Assessing prescription knowledge and identifying decision pathways

Effective communication of unpopular measures

Workshop session 3: Implementation and assessment of antifungal stewardship programmes in general (crossover groups)

Implementing ward and hospital based stewardship programmes // who takes the lead?

Performance indicators and their assessment (hospital and/or country wide)

Interactive case studies:

Haematology & Oncology

ICU & Pulmonology

Ask the expert: ECMM experts are seated at separate tables giving participants’ the opportunity for questions and direct interaction

Evening session 1: Antifungal drugs – What’s in the pipeline

Evening session 2: Activism beyond the clinic: The role of the medical mycologist as a spokesperson for safe and responsible antifungal and antimicrobial use in medicine and agriculture


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